ROW80 Check-in #102 Behind the Curtain of Summer Vacation

The writing challenge that knows you have a life.

My boys are now both on summer vacation. If my juggling was difficult before, now it just gets more interesting, especially since my husband’s schedule will get busier and busier.

I may not be packing as many lunches or screaming about how the bus is coming, but the time I find in the morning will get swallowed whole by interruptions and activities during the day.

If I want to keep my forward movement, I’ll need to refresh my anti-distraction skills. I’ll need to be prepared for my small windows of writing time. It’s a skill I’ve been working on, but it’s now sink or swim time.

There’s nothing exciting behind the curtain. It’s simple nose to the grindstone.

The Goals – week-9 results

  • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters-  not done.
  • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting- not done. Watching your inbox and waiting for your cover to arrive doesn’t count, right? Definitely not done then. I worked on graphics for my upcoming release. Found the lines I want to quote and teasers I want to share. I did finally start a new read through on the WIP and got about 3/4 of the way through or 41 pages. I need to finish my read through and finish the final scene because my cover will arrive and my release day is coming.
  • Take care of and be kind to myself (start w/ a relaxing ritual, the healthy journey, and daily breaks from technology)- kind of done. I spent time in my garden this week. It gives me an endless supply of peace. So glad I’ve taken the time every year to nurture it. I didn’t however spend anytime on my healthy journey this week and I can tell.

What you might have missed here this week:

Inside Look with Elyzabeth M. Valey and her Naughty Fairy Tales

Inside Look with Ela Stein author of Pleasure Android 7.1 and Love’s Labyrinth

Mid Week Tease – Time to Choose

8 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #102 Behind the Curtain of Summer Vacation

  1. Looks like it might be time for a new routine–and maybe headphones? Many a night, I could not write without them, as I live with a TV-loving husband. Good luck finding your summer groove–and hope the new cover comes soon!

    • With my husband out of town a lot, I do find nights are easier to get my writing in, but that also means I need to stay up later. It’s going to be a coffee filled summer. 🙂

  2. What time do those kids get up in the morning? You may find your uncluttered time then. Maybe that hour-a-day with your characters can be accomplished by thinking while doing something else — and keeping those 3×5 notecards nearby. Good luck on that cover. Mine came in this morning, and I am so excited . . . even if I don’t have the final page count (jumped ahead a little). Have a great writing week!

    • My boys are both early risers. At 7 and 4, they haven’t yet learned the skill and joy of sleeping late. I’ve gotten pretty good at finding time. It just gets harder to find in the summer. Covers are so exciting. I hope yours helps you to buckle down and finish. 🙂

  3. I’m right there with you. Last Thursday was my girl’s last day of school. Even with the boy home, I can usually find pockets of time to write. With both of them home, there’s fights to break up and since it’s warmer, time to play outside. Plus, he doesn’t like to nap when she’s home, so I don’t always have that time. I’ve been making some adjustments to my routine to get that time though.

    Good luck with your goals.

  4. I have a coworker who swears by gardening as a stress reliever and form of meditation. I live in an apartment, so the best I can do is go to the community garden and watch other people garden… I am very happy and slightly envious that you have such a great tool for relaxation. I wish you luck with utilizing those small windows. As a student, I’ve had some experience with that, and as long as you stay focused, you can get a lot of work done. All the best!

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